Improvement project, light posts in Jewett City stalled

Jewett City, Conn. (WTNH) — Folks may be wondering why there are traffic cones all along the sidewalks on Main Street in Jewett City.

If you look underneath them you see conduits and wiring for what are expected to be some pretty unique lamp posts, and they won’t just be decorative.

“We’ll be able to control all the lighting… we want to do different types of lighting, blinking, flashing, even to the extent of colors,” said First Selectman Kevin Skulczyck.

State STEAP grants in 2011 and 2013 got the project started laying the ground work for the new streetscape project and buying 12 of the 37 lights needed. But further funding was denied halting this project. The town doesn’t have the money to restart it, so Griswold will try again for another STEAP grant in November requesting $380,000.

Skulczyck says, “We’re going to be applying for more funding to finish the project and this is a project that can change a Main Street for Jewett City and Griswold.”

Vicky Yeaton owns Salon V in Jewett City. She says, “Anything is better than nothing so you know just everybody’s excited to see something going on.”

Yeaton says the improvements have been a long time coming and new lighting will make the sidewalks safer for her elderly clients.

She adds, “Make the downtown look much nicer and really spruce it up. We need that down here.”

Griswold needed to use the state money or lose it. That’s why it started the project. Now it needs to find a way to finish it.

Skulczyck says, “This community is starving to finish this project so we can get on to the next one.”

Even though it may be a while for the lights to actually be installed the sidewalks will be repaired and finished and parking will once again be allowed on Main Street in the next month or so.

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